Penguins Love Their ABC’s, by Sarah Aspinall, is an enjoyable ABC book, featuring six adorable penguins who go in search of the alphabet hidden in the snow, using pictures that start with the letter they are looking for. The colorful illustrations are not too busy and provide additional context to the letter. The example nouns are a good mix of food and objects, some classic examples (e.g. apple, duck) and other more inventive (e.g. noodles, wheelbarrow, zucchini), that weave nicely into the penguins’ adventure.
I did notice that the book jacket highlights this as a hide and seek story, the penguins doing the hunting versus a reader seek and find/I spy style book. A bonus story line is the inclusion of ‘u is for underpants’ featuring some pretty adorable, clearly potty-trained, penguins. We are wading into this developmental phase so more opportunities to highlight the awesomeness of wearing underwear is welcomed. The only slightly tricky part in this book was the penguins’ names could just as well be nouns in the alphabet, so for my almost three-year-old, I left out the name to focus on the letter sound that matches. I recommend that you add these penguins into your collection.
Bienvenidos a Mi Mundo! My name is Megan and I’m a problem solving, decision making, left brain leader by day, simmering right brain artist with crafting ideas waiting to spill over at almost all other times, and a lover making and eating good food and devouring good books. At home I am the mother of 6 hens, a backyard apiary and a one-eyed rescue dog, and the newest edition – a beautiful boy, with who I am absolutely smitten. I have a lifelong love of reading and passion for childhood literacy. I have set this tone with my family through daily reading, special topics and engaging them and those around me in philanthropy focused on fostering reading between parents and children.
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